As part of the Government response to the coronavirus pandemic, temporary critical care hospitals known as NHS Nightingale Hospitals have been created. They allow extra capacity for coronavirus patients across the United Kingdom, if it is needed. The NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and the Humber, based in Harrogate, is one of seven Nightingale hospitals across the UK.
AGH Solutions is proud to have been part of the formation of the NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and the Humber. The Harrogate Convention Centre was transformed in three weeks, which has capacity to treat up to 500 people, if needed, during the coronavirus pandemic. The hospital was opened on Tuesday 21 April by much-loved NHS fundraiser, Captain (now honorary Colonel) Tom Moore, who was guest of honour via video link.
How did we help?
AGH Solutions offers a 24/7 facilities management service in a number of locations including Airedale Hospital, Keighley. Our long experience of working in a healthcare setting means that we have the knowledge and experience for a setting like NHS Nightingale. AGH Solutions was appointed to mobilise a soft facilities management (FM) service which included porters, domestics, waste and linen services. More than 90 porter and domestic vacancies were filled in less than three weeks. Every member of staff had full training to prepare them for working within a COVID-19 patient environment, including full PPE training. An additional four administration roles were also filled, ensuring all training records were completed and signed.
We also provided all the equipment for the soft FM services, and assisted in the creation of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), documents which provide instructions for the staff to follow in addition to their full training.
Kath Aspinall, Head of Procurement and Supplies, said:
“It was a privilege to be part of the team who contributed to building the Nightingale Harrogate in such a short space of time, bringing new teams together to provide the soft FM services and extending our workforce family. It was an experience I won’t forget and I was honoured to be asked to take on the challenge.”
David Moss, Managing Director for AGH Solutions Limited said:
“I am extremely proud of what the team managed to achieve at the NHS Nightingale Yorkshire and the Humber. They designed new processes in an unconventional hospital and recruited and trained a large number of staff in a very short space of time. Due to the nature of the hospital, it was essential that all staff had the correct training and guidance to ensure their health and wellbeing. The team went above and beyond expectations to deliver a very tough ask in incredibly challenging times. ”
About AGH solutions
AGH Solutions is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust. We are proud of our NHS heritage, and proud to be supporting Airedale’s clinical services. As a company, we are able to provide a wide range of facilities management, estates and procurement services to clients both within and beyond the NHS.